Types Of Dentures For Restoring Missing Teeth

A denture is a removable, custom-made dental appliance, popularly known for its restorative benefits. While providing a fuller looking smile, dentures also support and enhance functional value of the mouth such as bite and chew.
Dentures come in different types you can choose from depending on individual oral health needs and status. They are made of materials such as porcelain, acrylic and plastic.

Complete Dentures

Full dentures, also called complete dentures, are used to replace a full arch of lost teeth. It uses a synthetic base for artificial teeth that sits atop the gum tissue. Special adhesives are used to keep complete dentures in place.

Partial Denture

Partial dentures come in two further types; fixed and removable.
Fixed Partial Dentures use a screw for permanent fixing and ideal for people who have missing teeth straight in a row.
Removable Dentures use acrylic material to mimic a base for missing teeth and use a clasp for better grip. They are removable and need care and maintenance.

Implant Retained Dentures

Unlike traditional complete dentures which stay afloat on the jaw ridges, this type uses implants (small teeth roots) as a base for fitting. They provide greater stability and fit as a jigsaw puzzle rather than having to use additional adhesives.

All-On-four Dentures

In this type, the denture fits on 4 dentures placed on all sides of your mouth. It is most suitable for people who are looking to replace the entire tooth structure.

Taking care of your dentures

Taking care of dentures is at heart of maintaining overall oral hygiene. Care and maintenance can also improve the longevity of your dentures preventing them from breaking or chipping.

  • Gently brush them with a soft denture brush and liquid hand wash. Do not use a toothpaste as it contains abrasives and may affect the look of your teeth.
  • Soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution to keep them moist and clean.
  • Clean the metal clasps to reduce chances of food buildup and decay.

Signs You need to replace your denture

  • Unsettling taste and odor from your denture
  • Loses its form, stability and shape
  • Difficulty chewing and talking with having them on
  • Loose fitting
  • They start causing pain and discomfort
  • It has been 5 years or more you haven’t changed them

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Dentures are orthodontic appliances which support a variety of teeth restorations depending on the number and location of the teeth. Some of the common types of dentures include, complete, partial, implant retained or all-on-four dentures.
If you are considering this as an option, contact Katy Cypress Oral Surgery at (281) 667-0607. We are a team of expert medical professionals and would be honored to serve you with the best recovery options!

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